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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Technical Tuesday En Cloche

Technical Tuesday En Cloche
The ballet term “en cloche” means “like a bell”. Most students hear the term shortened to “cloche” during grand battements, or in other barre combinations like rond de jambe.
I have blogged before about how a cloche should follow an absolutely straight path forward and back (or the reverse), like mowing the lawn. The step is indeed very bell-like, with its pendulum action.
The path of the leg moving from either devant or derriere through first position also inscribes a perfect under-circle (see drawing above). And since under-circles are everywhere in ballet, understanding them and being able to visualize them is important.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #12e 
“En cloche means like a bell.”

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